Older Canadians and Substance Use Issues: What Families Need to Know

Posted by ComForCare on Aug 5, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Whether on TV or in the newsstands, substance use issues are often depicted as affecting young adults. However, older adults are also vulnerable to problematic substance use. Research shows: 

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Safety, Healthy Living

Reducing Hospital Readmission Involves Big Responsibilities and Small Details

Posted by ComForCare on Jul 22, 2019 9:00:00 AM

“When the hospital discharged me, I was told I had to take one medication every two hours and a different medication every three hours. The doctor said I was never to take the two together. I was sobbing in the middle of the night with a pen and paper in my hand trying to figure out this logic puzzle of when I could take my medication. Unsurprisingly, I was back in the hospital within weeks.”

– Evelyn, patient

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Safety

Sleep Makes You Be a Better Caregiver

Posted by ComForCare on Jul 8, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Being a caregiver can be challenging emotionally and physically. In addition to the responsibilities of caregiving, you may deal with issues at work, social isolation/loneliness, financial issues and/or your own medical conditions.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Healthy Living

Healthy Brain, Healthy You — The Mind and Body Connection

Posted by ComForCare on Jun 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

It’s well-known that exercise is one of the best things you can do for your physical health. However, did you know that it greatly benefits the brain as well?

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Topics: Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

Older Adults and the Problem With Gambling

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on Jun 3, 2019 8:00:00 AM

When I would visit my grandparents at their retirement community, I would watch the parade of little white buses shuttling residents from one day-trip to the next.

My parents joined her for one of the casino outings.

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Topics: Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Finances, Activities and Lifestyle, Safety

How to Create a Safe Environment for Older Adults

Posted by ComForCare on May 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM

According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, safety is the second tier of the pyramid just above the need for food and water. It is defined as “protection from elements, security, order, law, stability, freedom from fear.” When we think of creating a safe environment for our loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, the focus tends to be on elements of the physical environment that may be dangerous, but we often overlook the psychological aspects of feeling safe.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia

Hoarding Can Be a Hazard for Your Older Loved One - Part 2

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on May 14, 2019 8:00:00 AM

In a previous post, we discussed the clinical definition and dangers of hoarding disorder (HD). If you are unsure if your loved one has HD, the International OCD Foundation says the key feature of HD is disorganization to the point where the living spaces can no longer be used for their intended function.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Healthy Living

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